These photographs are from two separate nesting pairs. The first here is from the far end of a swamp rookery.
The Cypress Tree here stands away from all the others. It allows the birds to fly in straight and slow over the water.
The images below are from the main nesting area. When the Egrets return to the nests here they need to take different paths, depending on the other birds.
This approach was a quick flight just above the surface, they climb up at the last moment to reach tree level.
These are the small things I would never have noticed not that long ago. If I pay attention to ‘how’ they fly my success rate is much better.